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‘Strong’ Leadership – an oversold promise: some lessons from the political realm

Why does there appear to be a fashionable bias toward strong leaders versus effective leaders? What about leaders that appear weak according to conventional wisdom, but are effective and contribute in far more significant ways? Perhaps they are more likely to be consultative with colleagues and work for the betterment of her/his team, constituents, society or whomever s/he is accountable …

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Boosting new CEO Success: A data driven look

A recent study by McKinsey&Company looked at nearly 600 CEOs who left S&P 500 companies over a period of 10 years (2004 to 2014) and joined companies that were either under-performing or performing well at the start of their tenure. For each CEO they gathered information regarding their actions in their new roles from a range of sources (i.e. company reports, investor …

Organizational Transformations – Is there method to the madness?

An organizational transformation is a challenging undertaking to even the most seasoned of Executive Teams. Few organizational transformations are deemed ‘successful’ and the majority are a far cry from their intended potential. A 2015 global survey conducted by McKinsey & Company, with over 1600 Executives from a broad range of regions, industries, company sizes, functional specialties and tenures – the …